At the Microsoft Build developer conference on May 25,Microsoft planned to be “one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade,” confirming rumors of a major redesign on the horizon for the operating system’s 1.3 billion users by 2021.
Here’s what we know so far about the next major Windows 10 update, including possible release dates, new features, and whether it’ll be called Windows 11. This story will be updated as we learn more.
What new features will the new Windows 10 redesign include?
The update, reportedly codenamed Sun Valley, would include a redesigned Start Menu, Action Center, File Explorer, and, with a more modern look and new features, according to a report from Windows Central.
Another factor: Microsoft said itdesigned for dual screen devices such as the and the is not actually released. Instead, Microsoft will build parts of that technology into other parts of Windows and the company’s products, according to a May 18 blog post.
The Windows Central report said it’s likely that some feature updates will be based on the same experiences as in Windows 10X, but adapted for desktop.
When will Microsoft release the next version of Windows 10?
We will probably find out when the Windows 10 update will arriveon June 24. CNET’s sister site ZDNet previously reported it’s slated for the second half of the year, while Windows Central reported it will arrive around the holidays.
Microsoft said it has no further information to share at this time.
Will the new update be called Windows 11?
With the release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft was clear that it would be “the last version of Windows” – so it’s unlikely to be called Windows 11. However, we don’t know if this bigger update has some sort of nickname. Nadella called it “the next generation of Windows” in his keynote speech at Microsoft Build. And Some People Are Still Speculating That Windows 11 May Actually Take Place — The Verge noted that the event invite includes a logo and shadow that looks like number 11, and that the event takes place at 11 a.m. ET, which is not typical of Microsoft .
Of course, we won’t know for sure until Microsoft formally announces the update.
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